Valentine’s Day may be a controversial holiday for some, but I’ve always loved it. Regardless of whether you’re having a night out with the girls, date night with your boo, or just staying in watching movies – here are three Valentine’s Day makeup looks inspired by flowers, chocolate, and diamonds to help you get into the spirit.

What’s your Valentine’s Day Style?

Fresh Faced with Flowers

Valentine's Day Flowers Makeup

Tartelette In Bloom Eyeshadow Palette
Milani Rose Blush
NYX Duo Chromatic Illuminator in Snow Rose
Revlon HD Matte Lip Color in Kisses

Valentine's Day Makeup Look

Cozy & Cuddly with Chocolate

Valentine's Day Chocolate Makeup

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Bourbon
Anastasia Sugar Glow Kit (used “Marshmallow”)
MAC Blush in Mocha
MAC Lip Pencil in Whirl
Maybelline Inti-Matte Nude Lipstick in Raw Chocolate or Toasted Truffle
NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu or Red Velvet

Valentine's Day Makeup Look

A bolder lip with Maybelline Lipstick in Toasted Truffle

 

Valentine's Day Makeup Look

A glossier lip with Maybelline Lipstick in Raw Chocolate and NYX Butter Gloss in TIramisu

Shine Bright Like a Diamond

Valentine's Day Diamond Makeup

Kylie Cosmetics Bronze Palette
Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Smoky Storm
Becca Highlighter in Opal or Maybelline Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter in Molten Gold
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Seduce
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Red Carpet Red or Maybelline Lipstick in Dynamite Red
Maybelline Vivid Hot Lacquer in Classic

Valentine's Day Makeup Look

 

Other Makeup Worn:
Maybelline Dream BB Cream

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Mood Light
L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara in Black
Anastasia Dipbrow in Chocolate
Anastasia Clear Brow Gel

Personally, my boo and I are going out for a nice dinner this Wednesday night. Given it’s an evening date, I’ll probably go with some sort of combination of the Chocolate and Diamond look. I love any excuse to wear a red lip! As much as I love flowers, I think the first look is ideal for a day date or a more natural gal.

Are you into Valentine’s Day? Comment below with your plans for the 14th. If you rock your own interpretation of one of these Valentine’s Day Makeup looks, let me know!
Lots of love, peeps… <3

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Ah, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! When the weather outside is frightful and all you really want to do is hide under the covers with your cat. If I’m having a chill day, I like to give my skin a break and skip the foundation (#skincaredetox). This is my basic, no foundation makeup look – great for staying home, going to the gym or running errands. Basically – any occasion where you don’t mind looking a little more natural.

No Foundation Makeup

From pajamas to my favorite comfy day sweater (H&M).

Products Used

No-Foundation Makeup Products

Primer/Moisturizer

MAC Strobe Cream or Becca Backlight Priming Filter

When you’re going without foundation, the primer or moisturizer you use matters. I like to use one with light reflecting particles to give my skin a natural glow. Plus this one is packed with antioxidants that are good for your skin anyway so it’s a win-win. 

Concealer

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla

On any red areas like sides of the nose, chin, and any spots or blemishes.

NARS Soft Matte Concealer in Vanilla

This is my current fave for under eye concealing. A little smudge of this blended in under the eye will go a long way.

Powder

MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Natural Light or MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation in NC20

Some folks might consider this cheating, but depending on what kind of coverage I want, I’ll use either MAC Mineralized Skinfinish for sheer coverage, or dip a fluffy powder brush into MAC Studio Fix Powder for a buildable light coverage.

If you have dry skin, you can probably skip this step. I tend to look a little shiny and find that powder helps blend in the concealed spots with the rest of my face.

Blush

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed

You can skip this step if you already have natural color to your face, but for my pale, lifeless skin, blush is both a joy and a necessity in my daily makeup routine. I switch up my blush shades all the time but usually go for pale pinks, mauves or nudes. Tarte blush in Exposed is a classic pinky nude that works well on most skin tones.

Bronzer, Contour, Highlighter
(optional, just pick one!)

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light
Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette or Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Light
Glossier Haloscope in Quartz or Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal

This step is totally optional and just depends on what makes you feel most pulled together. I don’t wear bronzer at all but I know some view it as an absolute essential. I occasionally wear contour but only for date nights or special occasions. I have a very oval face so I don’t find contour to be a daily necessity.

I am, however, a highlighter junkie and tend to wear it on even my laziest makeup days. It’s hard to pick a favorite but the balmy texture of Glossier Haloscope in Quartz makes it totally goof-proof and understated enough to go with a natural look.

And yes, I do apply this over powder. You usually can’t apply a cream product over a powder but the Glossier Haloscope can be patted in without disturbing the powder underneath.

If stick highlighters aren’t your deal, you simply CAN’T go wrong with Becca Opal. It’s a powerful highlighter to be sure, but applied with a light hand, this shade can look very natural and glowy. Plus, who wants to be fussing around with products that require building on a lazy, no-foundation makeup day?

Honorable mention goes to the sheer Hourglass Ambient Highlighters. These are really quite sheer and understated. I do use them from time to time but if I’m having a lazy day, I’ll usually just reach for Glossier Haloscope or Becca Opal. 

Brows

Glossier Boy Brow or Anastasia Clear Brow Gel 

Depending on the state of your brows, you may need to add a pencil or powder to this. But personally, if I’m having a lazy makeup day, I usually don’t put much effort into a no-fun area of the face like eyebrows. Mine are quite full, despite a couple missing spots so I usually just use a tinted or clear gel to hold them in place.

Mascara

L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara in Blackest Black

There’s not much I can say about this step…mascara makes everyone look more awake. I love this one for its glossy definition and separation of my lashes – perfect for a natural makeup look.

Lips

Glossier Balm DotCom in Rose
Glossier Generation G in Crush

You guys know I just love a red matte lip, so sometimes I’ll still wear something like L’Oreal Blake’s Red just to perk myself up. (I’m pretty sure it’s been proven that red lipstick has magical mood-boosting properties). But if we’re truly going for a natural look here, you can’t mess up Glossier Generation G in Crush. It’s a sheer pop of rosy pink that works very well as a “my lips but better” color on me.

Honorable mentions to Lancome Matte Shaker in Beige Vintage and YSL Rose Perfecto for equally natural looking matte but “comfortable” shades.

 

And that’s it! It seems like a lot when it’s written out but I can slap this look on in less than a minute. Sometimes I’ll pat in a bit of L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Amber Rush with my fingers to add some quick sparkle to my eyes but it just depends on the day. I wear glasses on most of my chill days so eye makeup is pretty minimal.

What makeup do you wear on your chill days? Do you go without foundation? Let’s talk about it in the comments below. 🙂

Murder, intrigue, a snowy mountain train ride, and rich, wine-colored lips. What do these things have in common? It’s “Murder on the Orient Express!”

I saw this movie with my boyfriend the other night and totally fell in love with it. The whole film oozes cozy winter vibes, and of course, it’s an engrossing mystery. Despite this, I couldn’t help but keep noticing the makeup.

“Murder on the Orient Express” Makeup Looks

Countess Elena Andrenyi

Countess Elena Andrenyi = makeup goals.

Miss Mary Debenham

Miss Mary Debenham, toned down makeup for a reserved governess…

Caroline Hubbard

Caroline Hubbard throwin’ some serious shade.

Makeup in the 1930s involved deep reddish/wine pouts, flushed cheeks and pencil thin brows. Check out my interpretation of the look (with thick 2017 brows), below.

"Murder on the Orient Express" Makeup

Products used:

Face

  • Kat Von D Lock-it Primer
  • Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 in Sand
  • Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla
  • MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Light
  • Urban Decay Naked Flush Blush/Bronzer/Highlight Palette in Nooner
  • Stila All Over Shimmer Duo in Kitten

Eyes

  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Lorac Pro Palette 3 (I used shades “almond pearl” and “dark mocha” blended together)
  • Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in “Bourbon”
  • L’Oreal Feline Mascara in Black

Brows

  • Glossier Boy Brow in brown

Lips

  • Rimmel 107
  • Revlon Colorburst gloss in “Bordeaux”

This makeup look is ideal for date nights or fancier occasions but could also be toned down for every day with less of a smoky eye or a more muted lip like Mary Debenham’s character.

What do you guys think? Have you ever seen a movie from another period in time that inspired you to switch up your makeup routine?